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#1 betty32506

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Posted 15 March 2007 - 11:13 AM

It appears that I have Gastroparesis. I have found so much information I'm overwhelmed with it.

I long have made effort to get adequate fiber in my diet thinking that should help with constipation. The Gastroparesis diets I have found appear to eliminate fiber. I am a well controlled diabetic. It looks like what is good for diabetes is bad for the digestive process, and good for gastroparesis is bad for diabetes.

What happens in real life. :unsure:
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Posted 15 March 2007 - 11:48 AM

Hi Betty! I too have gastroparesis. Yeah, fiber is a big no-no because it is hard to digest. But, we are told how important it is. I was able to mix the benefiber, I think that's what it's called, in with my morning coffee, in order to get some fiber, but have recently been told not to use that either! Yes, there does seem to be a wealth of information on gastroparesis! Feel free to email me personally, and I would be happy to discuss it with you. I don't claim to be the expert, but I've dealt with it for 15 years!

Good luck to you!
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Posted 15 March 2007 - 12:21 PM

I also have gastroparesis. I was told to eat plenty of fiber. I have the opposite of constipation. Humm! Sheryl
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Posted 15 March 2007 - 01:28 PM

Betty,
Just when you think you're eating the right stuff! In one of the links here at ISN I did find this:

Food Suggestions and Tips for People who have Gastroparesis and Diabetes Mellitus

You may have already seen it, but just in case. I hope you find a diet that works for both your gastroparesis and diabetes. It sounds like there's lot of conflicting information out there.

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#5 betty32506

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Posted 17 March 2007 - 06:56 AM

That is a good reference and I had not seen it. There is so much it is hard to know how to pick out the good stuff.

I am in unfamiliar territory here and my diabetes background makes me wary. So little is still known about diabetes. Many of the diabetic diets I would not follow. And just looking at this gastro problem I am finding opposite positions. Eat fiber/no fiber. It appears that the no fiber group out numbers the other.

About 4 years ago I had an exam top to bottom, up and down, the gastric system. I had a clean out problem and even a 2nd one was still not cleaned. The doctor advised lots of fiber and even taking the canned stuff.

The gastro office sent me a letter that I needed to see on the exams 4 years ago. The nurse talked to me and whereas before I had not complained except for constipation this time I did. She set me up for the emptying process.

Now looking at information on that it appears I need to eliminate fiber. :blink: :blink: Why did the do that the last time. I haven't seen the doctor since the test but it sure looks to me like it will be the opposite of the last time. I'll try to be patient until I see the doctor. I am set up to have the gastric system tests but not for another 6 weeks. I hate to wait so I may request it be moved up. I can pick up my records next week and see the report that will be sent to the doctor. That will help me decide.

Betty

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Posted 19 March 2007 - 02:48 AM

Betty, I feel for you - just reading your post had me confused! Have you seen a registered dietician? Maybe your gastro. doctor could refer you to one, to help you figure out what to eat that would be good for both the diabetes and the gastroparesis. Maybe there's some trial and error too, trying to figure out how much fiber is good for your body and see what works for you. I hope you get it all figured out!
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